Message from the Dean
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests:
This year, we have received invitations to engage with our world in unique and inspiring ways. As we look across our broad and diverse portfolio of degree and non-degree programs—of professional and Liberal Studies degrees, certificate, custom, summer, international, and English language education—we reflect on our place and purpose in our contemporary world. This reflection recalls the charge of the Jesuit Order which animates the culture of Georgetown. As contemplatives in action, the Jesuits have sought to engage with the events of the day since their founding in the 16th century. This desire informed the Order’s specialization in education, which at its best empowers students to serve the worthy cause of justice.
Loyalty to our University’s tradition of Jesuit education requires of us a commitment to engaging our academic programs in service to broader social and economic needs. By looking through a strategic lens, we focus our collective energies on our strengths and decide where we can make the greatest impact. Our identity as a Jesuit institution in combination with data-driven, strategic analysis informs our response to society’s invitation to innovate and improve.
I invite you to learn more about exciting initiatives within the School by reading our 2018-19 Dean’s Report, "Education that Serves Society." As you will see, we are growing economies with English language education, preparing ethical leaders to make a difference in their industries, addressing the needs of a new wave of students, and empowering high-achieving high schoolers to answer their own invitations for a brighter future. Through this important work, we are providing an education that truly serves society.
Kelly J. Otter, Ph.D.
School of Continuing Studies